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PTSD after a mild TBI

According to a recent study, victims of mild traumatic brain injuries are at a higher risk of also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These findings could affect the treatment options for Louisiana residents who have suffered mTBIs.

Instead of concentrating on military personnel, a group that is often associated with PTSD, the study focused on examining the effects of mTBIs on civilian emergency service personnel. Researchers determined that 27 percent of patients who sustained an mTBI and received follow-up treatment six months after the injury occurred showed clear signs of PTSD.

There were a number of signs that indicated a person may be suffering from PTSD. These signs included psychiatric episodes, a decreased outlook on life, functional disability and poor results from tests that measure the aptitude for mental flexibility and visual processing. The patient’s psychiatric history and level of education as well as the cause of the mTBI were all used to help determine the likelihood of PTSD.

According to a representative of the Journal of Neurotrauma, the peer-reviewed journal that published the results, PTSD can now be associated with traumatic brain injuries that are incurred by non-military personnel. This new framing of PTSD may soon affect the methods and the frequency with which the disorder is evaluated.

A serious head injury can negatively affect an individual’s mental and psychological well-being. As the aforementioned study shows, TBI symptoms may become more pronounced over time. If a brain injury was caused by another person’s negligence, the victim may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.

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